Business as usual for James until BAM get new man

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  • Thursday, 05 Jan 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Thomas Cupper Datuk James Selvaraj has been going about his business as usual although new candidates are busy vying for his post as the high performance director of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

And James does not plan to leave the association in a lurch until a new candidate is found.

“It has been business as usual for me – planning and preparing the team for major events. I have been talking with the coaches and also dropping in at the badminton courts daily to check on the shuttlers,” said James.

“I am still reporting for duty as usual.”

BAM general manager Kenny Goh confirmed yesterday that they had asked James to stay on as a part-time high performance director until they find the right man.

Asked for his opinion on all the candidates, James said: “The job of a high performance director is not easy. The person chosen needs to have a good knowledge of the game and good rapport and managerial skills in dealing with the coaches and players. The job also requires one to be a strategist. To find one person with all these qualities is not easy.”

“If BAM find one, I will be more than willing to sit down with him and pass on whatever knowledge I have and brief him on the job function.”

Former national singles champion James was appointed on a part-time basis by BAM president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh in September 2010 after the national team’s failure at the Thomas Cup Finals.

James, however, did not have to go through any interviews.

Last year, the BAM decided to appoint a full-time high performance director to manage the sport. They offered it to James, who would have to give up his job as the marketing director of Bata to join BAM full time.

James has yet to take up the offer.

BAM are expected to announce the new high performance director after the Malaysian Open, which will be held from Jan 9-15.

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